Unit 17, Station Field Industrial Estate
Unit 17, Station Field Industrial Estate
In setting up a new production project for in-house potting of temperature probes the engineers at Variohm considered a number of well-known industry standard potting compounds – and they called in the materials specialists at Intertronics.
The new CircuitMedic Micro Drill system from Intertronics is versatile and powerful – making it ideal for milling, drilling, grinding, cutting and sanding circuit boards. It removes coating, cuts circuits, cuts leads, drills holes, cuts slots, shapes FR4 and performs many other procedures using various interchangeable bits.
As technologies develop in industries such as electronics, energy, packaging, medical devices, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals and automotive, Intertronics have understood the need for ever more precise, reliable dispensing of micro quantities of adhesives and similar materials.
These days, we can find microcapsules in almost every industrial sector, where they take numerous roles. However, dispensing these fragile materials can be a problem since clearly it is important that the microcapsules be undamaged by the dispensing process. In adhesive technology, microcapsules can fulfil several functions. For example, microcapsules may be an integral part of the control of reaction and curing processes. Some anaerobic "threadlocking" adhesives contain microcapsules.
Intertronics have today announced the release of a new whitepaper on the technology of high precision, high repeatability in the dispensing of fluids, pastes and 2 part mixes – even with abrasive fillers. The paper describes the concept and execution of such a system with notes on its use and application.
The dispensing experts at Intertronics are pleased to offer engineers everywhere the Fisnar FIS DCK500 Dispensing Component Kit and to provide one free with all their bestselling dispensing controllers.
This year at Mediplas - on stand L42 - Intertronics will be focusing on how to address issues such as biocompatibility, component validation, structural integrity and production simplicity in the bonding of plastic-to-plastic and plastic to other materials – in applications from simple consumable components to complex equipment.
Intertronics have today announced the DYMAX family of solvent free UV curable resins offering significant improvements in reliability, worker safety, ease of use, quality of process outcome and actual piece part operation cost in comparison to traditional methods. Scrappage losses in production of high value mechanical components is a vital consideration in improving quality and efficiency of manufacture.
The engineers at Intertronics are well aware of the advantages of UV curing for adhesives, coatings and inks in the automotive, electronic, optical and medical device assembly industries, where they can greatly speed production cycles, enhance quality and reduce piece part cost.
Intertronics are delighted to introduce the new Fisnar QuantX system to the UK where it is expected to be of great value in any industrial or related application where a dispensing syringe barrel is used for application of materials.
Contract Electronics Manufacturer CT Production recently contacted Intertronics when they needed to expand their robotic capability for a low energy lighting product – explained CT Production MD Alan Trevarton, "It is company strategy to compete with offshore manufacturing by lowering costs using robotics - compared with manual operatives the benefits are greater flexibility, continuous working, reduced mess and cleanup, plus enhanced consistency and quality.
A specialist precision dispensing technology webinar will be hosted on 2nd May at 11am by Intertronics Managing Director Peter Swanson with technical manager Paul Whitehead.
Designed for rapid masking of electronic components and assemblies, the new Ultra-Light Weld 9-20479-B from Intertronics provides protection from reflow or wave soldering processes and shields no-go areas during conformal coating application. This easily dispensed mask enables accurate placement and cures in seconds to maximize production throughput with the highest levels of quality.
The newest product launched by Intertronics is the preeflow eco-DUO450 which offers precision metering and mixing of two component materials with dial-in ratios up to 5:1. This is expected to be of value where expensive materials such as silver loaded conductive epoxies, silicones or polyurethanes are dispensed in small quantities for either dots or beads.
At first glance the eco-PEN series of preeflow volumetric dosing dispensers from Intertronics appear to be very similar and this is largely true with the eco-PEN 300, 450 and 600 all showing the same better than 1% accuracy through ViscoTec's unique patented "endless piston" design. However, there are subtle and important differences to be considered; in particular the eco-PEN 300 is suited to a wide range of low to high viscosity materials making it ideal for application of dots and beads with maximum volumetric precision and to joint sealing technologies adaptable to track speeds.
Low cost versatile robots are becoming increasingly popular in the production environment and this latest Fisnar F5200N gantry model from Intertronics offers huge flexibility for dispensing operations. It joins the largest range of dispensing robots for a tremendous range of applications, including form-in-place gaskets, adhesives, potting, coating and filling.
Increasing production throughput of bonded plastic assemblies is high on the list of priorities these days for both design and production engineers judging from the experience of the adhesive specialists at Intertronics. In these situations Intertronics are delighted to offer the DYMAX Ultra Light-Weld 3069 which is a UV/Visible light-curable adhesive designed for rapid bonding and laminating of a variety of plastic substrates. This high performance, solvent-free adhesive cures in seconds to enable faster processing, increased output and lower processing costs.
High precision accuracy and repeatability in dispensing is becoming ever more important across the industrial world. Consequently a new exclusive UK agreement for those clever people at Intertronics to distribute preeflow volumetric dispensing/dosing equipment from ViscoTec was greeted with great enthusiasm all round.
Specialist adhesives company Intertronics has a wealth of UV cure adhesives and UV cure systems for manufacturers looking to upgrade their adhesive technologies or perhaps to move from a traditional mechanical fastening system to an adhesive solution – for reasons of cost and/or quality. Their new DYMAX UVC-5 conveyor system is a bench-top unit offering the benefits of rapid throughput UV curing as part of a production line or as stand-alone equipment for curing UV adhesives as well as UV curable inks and coatings. The DYMAX UVC-5 offers very high intensities for fast UV curing (up to 10 metres per minute) with complete shielding from UV light and consistent cure times. This cost-effective and versatile conveyor system is ideal for production and lab environments.
The Opti-tec range of optical adhesives and encapsulants continues to develop, and includes many with high optical clarity or other special properties related to specific optical applications such as fibre-optic termination or optical potting and encapsulation. Some of the range have passed ISO 10993 testing for medical device manufacture or are Telcordia GR-326-CORE compliant. Specialist applications include LED protection, bonding of surgical instruments like endoscopes and fibre-optic terminating.
The relentless march of Moore's Law and the spread of application for high power electronic devices – especially the widening use of LED's, increasingly bring forward the problem of heat dissipation. This is where high performance electronic grade thermal transfer silicones and silicone grease can be the first best hope in thermal management – a situation very familiar to the engineers at Intertronics.
Intertronics has a solution for manufacturers seeking to spray coat low viscosity materials at close tolerances, such as for conformal coatings or inks in low value production and prototyping applications.
Intertronics has found solvent-free, UV curable temporary masking resins to significantly simplify component masking processes while greatly reducing costs. This is experienced in lower scrappage rates, reduced labour rates and enhanced process speed. It has proven possible to reduce costs in the case of aircraft components by some 40% with 60% to 70% time saving.
The adhesives specialists at Intertronics recently launched the new BlueWave LED prime UVA high-intensity spot-curing system and a new line of compatible adhesives from technology partners DYMAX. The unit offers many advantages over conventional spot-curing systems, including no consumable bulbs to change, no warm-up, cool cures and constant intensity up to 50,000 hours.
Intertronics has introduced a new adhesive featuring a built-in cure indicator for appliance assembly and other industrial plastic-bonding applications. The DYMAX 3225-T-SC is a versatile, plastic-bonding adhesive formulated with See-Cure technology designed for rapid bonding, laminating and sealing of most plastics such as PMMA (acrylic), PC, PVC, ABS, PA, PU, SAN, TPU and aluminium.
Intertronics supply a comprehensive range of liquid dispensing equipment, ideal for adhesives, inks, coatings, sealants, gaskets, greases, oils – and many other fluids and pastes. They work with single components materials, and two or more component through a range of metering and mixing products from simple hand-held guns to sophisticated 4-axis dispensing robots. There is also a full selection of dispensing consumable products, like dispensing tips, needles, barrels, syringes, guns, bottles, pens and mixing nozzles.
Large multi-axis robots are fairly familiar - we see them on television welding or spraying cars. What may not be so familiar is the success of smaller benchtop robots, which since the mid-1990's have taken on assembly tasks on more modestly sized products, and in the SMEs now a significant factor in regeneration of UK manufacturing industries.
The specialist world of medical device assembly puts unusual challenges before manufacturers of products such as catheters, so it is exciting that market leaders Intertronics will launch an adhesive at Medtec (April 6-7th at the NEC) that is specifically formulated for that application.
Intertronics will display their expertise in adhesives for disposable medical device manufacturers at Medtech in April (6-7th) at the NEC. Along with UV, cyanoacrylate and epoxy adhesives, Intertronics will show UV curing equipment, dispensing, application and mixing equipment.
New from Intertronics is the DYMAX 1020-M Ultra Light-Weld®, an ultra-fast, tack-free, LED-curable adhesive. Explained Intertronics M.D. Peter Swanson: "It's designed for rapid bonding of a wide variety of plastics typically used in the manufacture of medical devices such as reservoirs, tube sets, port fittings, drug delivery systems and heat-sensitive applications. Visible/UV light-curable 1020-M is formulated for less-than-two-second, on-demand cure with the DYMAX BlueWave® LED Prime UVA spot-curing system."
New from Intertronics is a fast-cure, low-shrink adhesive for optic assembly which eliminates parts movement – DYMAX OP-67-LS opto-mechanical adhesive cures in seconds for bonding of optical components, whilst its low-shrink nature virtually eliminates movement during curing and subsequent thermal cycling.
The new 3 axis Fisnar F4200N from Intertronics is such a machine – now available for less than £4000 it is expected to interest engineers in all industries especially for adhesive dispensing/application tasks in environments from research labs to electronic production lines and component assembly e.g. for form-in-place gaskets, adhesives, coatings, potting, filling and shielding.
The DYMAX Ultra-Red technology is based on the fact that many plastics naturally fluoresce blue under UV light – this minimizes the inspection advantages of using blue-fluorescing adhesives in parts assembly, red fluorescing adhesives however remain naturally clear until exposed to UV light, at which point they fluoresce bright red providing a vivid contrast that permits accurate bond-line inspection. The red fluorescence does not absorb the same light energy wavelengths as those used to cure the adhesive, resulting in faster and deeper cures when compared with the same adhesives containing blue fluorescence.
Intertronics specialize in adhesives for high-tech, high-performance industries such as medical device assembly companies, so they are particularly pleased to announce a complete system of UV adhesives and LED curing from technology partner DYMAX specifically with assembly of medical devices in mind.
With low cost benchtop robotics playing a significant part in cost-reduced/quality-upgraded small scale production, this new Robotics Catalogue from Intertronics will interest engineers in all industries.
With a particular focus toward harsh duty electronics, the specialists at Intertronics have recently introduced the next generation of fast room-temperature-cure electronics adhesives from sales partner DYMAX. Their new 9422-SC is a component ruggedising and staking material, engineered to hold critical components such as Ball Grid Arrays (BGA) and Video Graphics Arrays (VGA) for secondary processes or for long-term reliability.
A comprehensive new catalogue is now available from Intertronics covering the extended Fisnar 500 Series of Dispensing Components – this not only includes a large selection of products for the dispensing and application of liquids like adhesives, coatings and sealants, but launches a new series of Micron-S precision needle nozzles for positive displacement and automatic dispensing. These nozzles supply 60% greater efficiency in fluid flow and displacement performance.
The BlueWave 75 from Intertronics is a new high-power UV spot curing lamp, which provides the optimal combination of low operating cost with high-intensity output to accommodate a wide variety of bonding applications and UV cure adhesives. This lamp transmits less energy onto the substrates resulting in cooler UV curing, a feature especially beneficial in applications that are sensitive to heat. The DYMAX BlueWave 75 includes a unique feature which provides precise user adjustment of light intensity to assist in process validation and control.
Intertronics, together with their technology partner Fisnar, have successfully addressed one of the factors affecting the accuracy of dispensing high viscosity fluids with standard parallel-sided dispensing needles. Standard stainless steel needles have a steep pressure restriction at the part of their cross-section where the needle joins the hub, leading to a high pressure requirement to generate flow and a high residual pressure in the needle when the feed pressure is cut – leading to continued "oozing" from the needle tip.
The adhesives specialists at Intertronics have been involved for a long time in the development of LED-powered curing systems, which are continuing to evolve towards the replacement of the conventional lamp-style curing systems that have been the industry standard for more than twenty-five years. This growth in popularity of LED curing equipment is driven by promises of lower operating costs and "green" benefits. Experts are predicting LED curing systems will evolve over time to dominate the light-curable adhesive field – a prediction with which Intertronics M.D. Peter Swanson agree and explains: "The much reduced life cycle costs and greatly enhanced process controllability of LED cure systems represent such major advances over arc-light technology that it seems certain LEDs will continue to replace these arc based processes."
The BlueWave® LED Prime UVA high-intensity spot-curing system features many advantages over conventional spot-curing systems including no consumable bulbs to change, no warm-up, cool cures, and constant intensity for thousands of hours.
SpeedMask® 730-BT from Intertronics is a DYMAX masking resin, formulated to provide excellent surface protection during chemical milling/etching, plating, anodizing, and aggressive grit-blasting operations, thus aiding in the manufacturing, overhaul, repair and rework of turbine engine blades, vanes and other turbine components, as well as many other metal finishing applications. 730-BT is impervious to most acid and alkali solutions. This next-generation maskant is trimmable for complex configurations while still maintaining edge tension to prevent leakage and damage to the substrate underneath.
The Adhesives and Dispensing experts at Intertronics once again lead the market with the new DYMAX Multi-Cure 987 conformal coating which meets the requirements of MIL-1-46058C and IPC-CC-830B. It is specifically formulated for rapid room temperature cure when exposed to UV and/or visible light. Any coating in shadowed areas on densely populated circuit boards may be cured with heat. Based on DYMAX Multi-Cure 984-LVUF, the version 987 is designed with better wetting on circuitry and components. This product dispenses easily and cures quickly for precise quantity and placement.
Intertronics' 3-20794 is a new, See-Cure, colour-changing adhesive formulated with Ultra-Red fluorescing technology. This adhesive is designed for rapid assembling of plastic housings, laminations, and other applications typically used for appliance assembly. The bondable substrates include PC, PET, PS, PU, PVC, and ABS. DYMAX 3-20794 cures in fractions of a second when exposed to high-intensity UV light – enabling faster processing, greater output, and lower assembly costs.
Leading supplier to the electronics industry Intertronics, is now focused on two new environmentally friendly Techspray Renew™ precision cleaners, designed specifically for electronics manufacturing applications: Eco-Stencil™ Cleaner and Eco-Oven™ Cleaner. Both are effective, safe and eco-friendly, with non-flammable, biodegradable, low VOC, zero GWP, non-ozone depleting characteristics.
Intertronics announced Dymax Cure-Point 9440-A/B silicone, which cures to depth in seconds upon exposure to UV/visible light to provide protection to electronic components and circuitry. It is a UV/visible light-curable silicone potting and sealing material designed for applications where fast cure, enhanced thermal performance and room-temperature shadowed-area cure are required. Cure-Point 9440-A/B has a ›90 day room temperature mix life.
For UV curing adhesives the BlueWave 200 UV curing spot lamp offers the highest intensity and the most user-friendly operation in the industry. A new, patent pending Intensity Adjustment feature also allows simple, manual intensity adjustment during initial UV process validation and production.
The "adhere" Intertronics range of dispensing equipment includes automatic, semi-automatic and robotic systems, hand held guns and all the consumables users are ever likely to need for their adhesives or other liquids like inks, coatings, greases or oils. So in order to help production engineers, they are offering a free download of "25 top dispensing tips" – considered an indispensible guide to the ins-and-outs of fluid dispensing, including equipment selection and techniques.
Intertronics have again brought forward an exciting development in fluid dispensing – this time the Fisnar DV509. Intended primarily for medical applications this is a lightweight diaphragm valve designed for precise flow control of low to medium viscosity liquids on a continuous 24/7 basis. The PTFE diaphragm separates the wetted parts from the air supply and therefore it is ideal for dispensing cyanoacrylates, reagents, UV adhesives, paints, inks, solvents, glues, electrolytes, alcohol and other volatile substances. Variants with stainless steel and UHMW bodies/diaphragm are also available.
In some applications the weight of potting electronics to protect mechanically or environmentally can be a very significant part of the overall weight of installed equipment – sometimes this can be a problem.